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How to Publish with InTech

About InTech

About Open Access

 

How to Publish with InTech

Why have I been invited to contribute?

You have been invited to write a paper for an InTech publication on the basis of your expert knowledge within a particular scientific field of research in which we are preparing a new book or journal. Your publishing history, the quality of the sources where your research has previously been published and the relevance and impact of these past publications are some of the key criteria we use during the selection process.

However, once you have been nominated to participate in a book or journal project based on your previously published work, we encourage you to provide us with new results and new insights into the latest developments and challenges within your field of research.

 

How did you find my contact data?

We have found your contact data in publicly available databases and we assure you that all confidentiality agreements have been respected. We have made a strict selection to match your previous work with our next publication's topic.

 

What do you want me to write?

You were invited to join this project based on your expertise in the field and we believe that you will make a valuable contribution to the selected subject. However, instead of presenting you with precise requirements, we ask you to give us your idea first. If you have any new research you would like to publish or an idea for a theoretical paper, you are invited to present it to us and the Book Editor. This is the reason all book authors are first asked to write a 1-4 pages long chapter proposal explaining the key points of their work. After all the chapter proposals from all the authors are received, the Book Editor decides on the definite course the publication will take.

 

How do I avoid overlapping with other authors?

It is highly unlikely that two or more authors will approach a topic in the exact same way. Even if more scientists are involved in the same area of research, their different results and findings are welcome. If the Book Editor notices substantial overlapping after having read the chapter proposals, he or she will instruct the authors how to develop their chapters in different directions.

 

Can I republish any of my papers with InTech?

No, we don't want you to re-publish your work, but we believe that you may have new scientific research which you are interested in publishing. However, you can still publish your old results with new insights. Please note that if you decide to use some of your previously published material, it is your responsibility to arrange potential copyright issues with the first publisher.

 

What is in it for me?

The Open Access publishing model enables scientists to play a more active role in scientific research. By sharing their material for free, they challenge other scientists to build upon their work, and by advancing knowledge in their field, they advance their careers. An Open Access article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers. The more the article is used, cited, applied and built upon, the better for research. We publish your work under the Open Access publishing model and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you retain the copyright to your work and that you can use your work in any manner that you wish. Some benefits of publishing with InTech:

  • You receive a print copy of your book, hard bound and professionally designed
  • No copyright transfer (you keep all the rights to your work)
  • High quality review and editorial processes
  • You receive usage statistics for your work
  • Your work is distributed to scientific databases, indices and search engines
  • Your work is distributed to academic libraries
  • Your work is promoted through multiple media channels
  • Personal assistance — one member of our team is designated to be always at your disposal, offering a personal point of contact for correspondence. Your Publishing Process Manager will help you become acquainted with your Author Panel and is always at your disposal in case of any questions or concerns.
 

How does the process work?

The book publishing process follows this procedure:

  • Register on our web site
  • Submit your chapter proposal online
  • Your chapter proposal goes through editorial review
  • You are notified as to whether your chapter proposal has been accepted or rejected
  • You submit your full chapter
  • Your full chapter undergoes a review by the Book Editor
  • We send an invoice for payment of the Article Processing Charge (payable either by yourself or your organization)
  • Your chapter undergoes typesetting
  • We prepare the design and layout of the book
  • We carry out the final technical check
  • We send one hard copy of the book to the corresponding author
  • In parallel with sending the hard copy, we release the online version of the book
 

How do I prepare my chapter proposal?

A chapter proposal should be a condensed version of the final presentation and include all significant findings relevant to the paper's main ideas, key points and research results. Authors are strongly encouraged to keep the length from one to four (1-4) pages. The documents can include images and/or tables. At this point, no particular template or document layout needs to be followed.

 

How can I submit my manuscript?

You can upload your paper yourself through our computer system. If you have received an invitation, all of the steps will be explained in detail once you enter the process by registering. Additionally, a Publishing Process Manager will be assigned to you to guide you through the process and will always be at your disposal in case you have additional questions or concerns.

If you have decided to contribute to one of our journals, simply follow the link on the journal homepage and you will be guided through the process.

 

What do I need to do before submitting my paper to a journal?

There are several important points you need to keep in mind before submitting your paper to one of our journals.

  • The paper is in MS Word .doc/.docx format
  • The number of pages of the paper is as required by the Instructions for Authors
  • Formats of headings, paragraphs etc., have been checked for consistency
  • Consent from copyright holder(s) to use their material has been obtained
  • The paper includes the abstract and a clear conclusion
  • The article is written in English and has been proofread
 

How do I check the status of my manuscript?

By logging in to your Author Panel you will see the exact phase of the publication process. You will also be informed about the next step. If there are any unclarities, please contact the appointed member of staff.

 

Do I really need to register an account?

Yes. Each potential author has to register. This enables us to keep track of the publication process, be aware of your progress at all times, manage deadlines, grant extensions, etc. Please note that registering with InTech obliges you in no way. If you have received an invitation to contribute to our book project, please visit the page cited in your e-mail and use the exact e-mail address to which we have sent the invitation. That way our system can connect your user account to the book project and make the publishing process easier for you. You can change your log in data at any time on your Author Panel.

 

What other benefits do I have when I register?

The traditional publishing model is undergoing a paradigm shift, influenced by the Internet. It is evident that users of research data are showing their preference for new ways of evaluating published scientific work: by number of downloads, pageviews and recommendations from other authors/readers/researchers. In addition, your work is freely available to libraries, which are currently experiencing a financial crisis due to library budgets being slashed and the costs of academic material climbing. No library can afford to subscribe to every scientific journal, which is why librarians tend to be strong advocates of Open Access publishing.

 

What if I have problems registering my account?

Please contact our IT support: info@intechopen.com or your assigned Publishing Process Manager.

 

What if I forget my password?

Your username is the email you have used to register. You can try clicking on the link 'Forgot your password?' to receive it via email. If the problem persists, contact your Publishing Process Manager.

 

 

What will the scientific impact of my paper be?

Thanks to our Open Access policy, all of our publications are freely accessible online, which means that the potential scientific impact of your paper is greater than when published with classic scientific publishers. Your paper is immediately available online for researchers all over the world without any access barriers other than access to the Internet.

Our main website includes a reading platform where all of InTech's publications are freely available to read, print, bookmark, share and download. Our publications are currently indexed in CiteSeerX, Mendeley, BASE (Bielefield Academic Search Engine), EBSCO/A-to-Z , SciFinder/CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), Scirus, The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies, WorldCat/OCLC/OAISTER, Google Scholar and other specialized online databases, indexes and repositories, depending on the individual publication. We have implemented all the necessary technical standards which enable placement of our publications in a high number of institutional repositories. We are working every day on increasing the visibility of our publications. Moreover, a team of highly experienced publishing professionals is constantly working on promoting our two websites in the following areas:

  • Google search engine and science-specific search engines
  • Social and Scientific platforms
  • Other relevant sources (libraries, institutional websites, repositories)
 

What are the topics of your books?

We are an Open Access publisher of scientific literature in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. For books that have a rather broad scope, we make every effort to enable authors to choose a topic which best suits their current research activities. However, depending on the chapter proposals received, the Book Editor will decide upon the general direction of the book and will inform authors about any necessary changes.

 

What is the format of your book?

The books are scholarly publications which cover original research. They are collections of reviewed scholarly contributions written by multiple authors and edited by experts with specific expertise. Each scholarly contribution represents a chapter and each chapter is complete in itself but related to the major topics and objectives.

 

When will my work be published?

You will find the complete timeline of the project on your invitation page. Thanks to an optimized publication process and our easy-to-use computer system as logistic support, publishing with InTech is simple and quick. Papers go through the review process in two months or less. It takes approximately eight months to publish a book from the initial invitations to making it available online in full. The preparation period for journals varies for different publications, however all papers are reviewed in four months from receiving the electronic file at the latest.

 

What does 'online first' mean?

When you publish in one of InTech journals we will make sure that your work is available to the scientific community in the shortest possible notice. That means that your paper will appear online as soon as it is reviewed and prepared for publishing. There is no need to wait for other submissions to arrive or another edition.

 

Who are the other contributing authors?

The other contributing authors are scientists in the field of research covered. They have been selected based on their field of research, publication history, relevance, quality and the impact of their past publications. For books, the list of accepted authors and their chapter titles will be available on your Author Panel after all the abstracts have been reviewed and selected.

 

Who is the editor?

Our book editors and journal editors-in-chief are leading researchers in the field covered by the publication. We select editors based on their expertise, scientific impact and track record. Sometimes our books are divided into more than one volume due to a large number of chapters. In such cases we appoint additional editor(s) so we can keep the quality of our publications on a high level.

In selecting our editors we value long-term partnerships. It is often a case that a book editor also collaborates on a journal, or vice versa.

 

Are your papers peer-reviewed?

All manuscripts submitted to our journals undergo double blind peer review. In book publishing we employ a three-step editorial review. This includes the initial selection of invited authors, chapter proposals screening and an in-depth review of full chapters.

 

Who is the target audience?

Basically, due to our Open Access policy, our publications are available for all to see. However, our primary target audience comprises of scholars and specialists in the field. The book is addressed to both practicing professionals and researchers in the field covered, professionals in academia, former researchers and PhD students and other specialists interested in the results of scientific research.

 

Which types of papers do you accept?

We accept theoretical and applied scientific papers which can be presented as original research papers, review papers, case reports, original clinical investigations and meta-analysis articles.

 

Do you offer proofreading services?

We do insist that all papers are written in academic discourse and are on a satisfactory language level. Because our authors belong to a wide international network of scientists, we have arranged a proofreading service at a reasonable price. Should you have such requirements, simply ask your Publishing Process Manager.

 

How else can I contribute?

Thank you for asking! You can contribute by becoming an editor or a reviewer in our publications. If you are interested in becoming an editor or a journal reviewer, please visit the Become a Book Editor or Become a Reviewer page. Also, you can contribute by promoting free access to knowledge and the Open Access community by linking from your website or recommending us to your fellow researchers and authors.

 

Why should I pay the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

InTech books are published in the Open Access model, which means they are free to be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, and available for download via our reading platform. This model is not without costs and the Article Processing Charge (APC) covers the expenses of your Publishing Process Manager, the technical team, preparation of the book for publication, dissemination of your work, printing and express delivery of one hard copy sent direct to you in addition to promoting your work upon publication of the book.

 

How do I transfer funds to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

We currently accept the following payment options:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card
  • Moneybookers

Please note that when paying by credit card, we will redirect you to the MoneyBookers.com online payment gateway which will securely process the payment. You will not need to register an account with this service to process the payment. If you have some specific requests concerning payment, we will try our best to accommodate you. Feel free to address the issue to your Publishing Process Manager.

 

Do you pay royalties to your authors?

No, we don't pay royalties at the moment.

 

What if I miss some of the deadlines in the process?

We are aware that sometimes authors need more time to finalize their papers, communicate with colleagues or that unexpected events may delay the finalization of a certain step. Because of this, we have built some spare time into our publishing process. Your Publishing Process Manager will advise you if it is possible to give you extra time to complete a given step.

 
 

Can I have co-authors in my paper?

Absolutely, you can have as many co-authors for your research paper as you wish. Please remember that only one author should be nominated as a single point of contact to avoid problems and errors in communication. Only the corresponding author can access the Author Panel, consult the information therein, sign the Copyright Policy and upload the required files.

 

Can I invite colleagues to join?

If you can think of a colleague whose research matches the project you were invited for, you are more than welcome to recommend them.

 

I have an idea for a new publication. What do I do?

We are always open to any kind of suggestions. If you are thinking about publishing your book with us in the Open Access model, there are several options available. For more details, please visit: Start Your Own Book.

 

Where can I get author guidelines?

As an author contributing to one of our books, you can download the manuscript preparation guidelines when you log in to your Author Panel. To complete the submission you can also download the Author Guidelines.

If you are an author in one of our Journals, please download these Instructions for Authors to help you successfully complete your submission.

 

Who maintains the copyright to the work?

You are the only holder of the copyright to your work. All InTech publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. To find out more about authors' rights and responsibilities please visit our Copyright Policy page.

 

How can I contact you?

You can contact us by email, Skype chat, or by phone.

 

After the book is published, do I get a copy?

The Article Processing Charge covers the cost of delivering one hard copy of the book by express postal delivery to the corresponding author. All InTech books are printed on premium quality paper and are hard bound. The format of the hard copy is 17x24 cm, the book block is printed in black & white on uncoated paper and the cover in full color with matt lamination. Authors can order additional copies of the book at the end of the publishing process.

 

How can I publish my work in one of your journals?

InTech publishes several Open Access, peer-reviewed journals in the STM fields that cover new research and development advances in their respective areas of study. Moreover, more journals are to be launched this year so make sure to check InTech news. All our journals are high quality publications, and all papers are immediately available to be read online for free upon publication. To publish your work in one of our current or upcoming journals, we invite you to check our Journals page and find out more about individual titles and how to submit your work.

 

 

About InTech

What is InTech?

InTech is an Open Access publisher of academic books and journals in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). InTech provides free online access to high quality research, and we are helping leading academics make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world. 

InTech's main focus are the authors. We strive to give you and your work the best possible coverage, thus enabling advancement in your academic career. We take great pride in the fact that our internal organization enables a smooth and simple publishing process for all the participants. A Publishing Process Manager is appointed for every book or journal we publish, who is your main contact for any questions or concerns you might have, at all times.

 

Which areas of scientific publishing do you cover?

Initially, most of our publications were in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Manufacturing, Operations Research, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology, Computer Science, Renewable Energy and Electrical Engineering. Due to high demand and the quality of our publications, as of 2010 InTech began to expand the publishing program to General and Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Sciences and in particular Medicine, Biology and Biotechnology.

 

Where are the company headquarters?

Our company was established in Vienna and we currently have our Austrian branch office there. At the moment the company headquarters are in Rijeka, Croatia which is also the location of our operations center.

 

Which journals have you published?

We publish the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (abstracted and indexed in ISI Thomson Science Citation Index Expanded, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Ei Compendex, Current Contents, INSPEC, RAM, Scopus, Ulrich's Periodical Directory, DOAJ, Electronic Journals Library, WorldCat, Scirus, BASE, Google Scholar, EBSCO - A-to-Z) and many other specialized scientific journals. We invite you to visit the journals homepage  to read more about each publication and the upcoming issues.

 

Who are your authors?

Our scientific community has more than 60,000 registered authors. They are researchers and scholars from the best ranked universities in the world and include globally-renowned experts. Collaboration with young scholars and researchers from all parts of the world is of high importance to us as well

 

Who are your associates and supportive organizations?

InTech has many associates and supportive organizations. For example, the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems had a special issue edited by NASA experts (the issue covered the Mars Rover Mission). Furthermore, the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems is accredited by the ISI, while InTech's books on Face and Speech Recognition are used by one of the world's leading security and intelligence agencies as part of its training program. Moreover, our websites are certified by TRUSTe, the leading Internet privacy services and seal provider whose privacy seals help guide consumers to Web sites that protect their privacy online.

 

About Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access is a publishing model that does not charge readers for accessing scientific publications online. Open Access means that everything published in InTech books and journals is immediately available online for free. Read it, download it, print it, copy and share it - all use is fair use so long as the original authors and sources are credited.

What are the benefits of Open Access?

Open Access publishing leads to wider dissemination of information and increased efficiency in science by providing: faster spreading of the latest scientific achievements, much higher visibility for research, world-wide readership, increased impact, freedom from subscriptions, pay-per-view or licensing barriers, copyright ownership for authors. It ensures that the latest scientific advances are available for everyone in just a few clicks, thus enabling a rapid development of the scientific community.

 

Why do authors and researchers support Open Access?

Researchers support Open Access because of the obvious benefits this model provides. Through Open Access the latest scientific achievements are available online for free and researchers can access all the scientific information 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Due to the lack of a price barrier, authors reach a larger readership so their work has the potential to be cited more frequently. Consequently, their work can achieve greater impact.

More and more institutions tend to support the Open Access model. Instead of paying for expensive journal subscriptions (sometimes also for publishing!), they invest in making science available to everyone.

 

What is the difference between self-publishing and publishing with InTech?

Some people are still sceptic about publishing in the Open Access model. However, it is a misconception to think that publishing online is equivalent to uploading one's manuscript to a blog. InTech provides all the logistics of publishing, a thorough review process, and a post-publishing support which includes promoting your work in relevant web locations, indexing it in all the important databases and repositories and making it available on our reading platform – which is where readers turn to when they are looking for relevant sources.

 

Why is InTech different from vanity publishers?

Some people might associate the Article Processing Charge with so-called 'vanity publishing'. The term stands for publishing houses which will print any content, provided that the author covers the costs. InTech employs a strict selection and a thorough review process. To put it simply, nothing that is not worth publishing will not be published, regardless of the author's willingness to cover the APC. For more details on what the APC covers, see 'Why should I pay the Article Processing Charge?'.

 

Why is Open Access important?

Open Access provides added value for the scientific community. Compared with classical scientific publishing models, it helps authors reach a wider readership and enables the researchers to access the latest research papers for free. Because Open Access is free, it helps scientists from developing countries to access knowledge which, under classical publishing models, would be too expensive to obtain.

What is the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license?

With the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, you keep your copyright but allow people to build upon, copy and distribute your work.

There is no copyright transfer to the publisher, which means that authors are free to use their content in the future with no restrictions or financial claims from InTech.

How do the economics of Open Access work?

Open Access literature is not free to produce. There are costs for producing and publishing, including: organizational and project management costs, online publishing technology, editorial and review processes, cover design and book lay-outing, print and print processing, online publication, online hosting and archiving, and promotion of the published work. To cover these costs and make the published work freely accessible online to be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, authors are asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). However, the APC is not a submission fee; authors are asked to pay the APC only if their full chapter is accepted for publication.

Is Open Access compatible with print?

Yes. Open Access means free online access, but it does not exclude a print version of the work. All books found in the InTech database also exist as hard copies.

How can I get printed versions of InTech publications?

Hard copies may be ordered. The easiest way is to contact us directly by sending an email to orders@intechopen.org.

Is Open Access compatible with high standards and high quality?

Yes. The quality of scientific books and journals is highly dependent on the quality of their editors, editorial boards and referees. Open Access journals and books have strict control mechanisms just as traditional journals and books do. The main reason is that the people involved in the editorial process, and the standards they use, do not depend on the medium (print or electronic) or the cost (priced or free) of the publication. Furthermore, the usage of advanced technologies (Internet, computer hardware and software, automated systems) make the publication process quicker, smoother and easier.

Are Open Access articles copyrighted?

All articles published under the Open Access model are copyrighted. However, you do not transfer the copyright to the publisher. Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license and authors keep the copyright to their work.

Why do I need to indemnify InTech?

It is standard for all InTech contributors to make certain warranties for InTech publications. This is simply because as the author of the manuscript you are the only person who can assure us that the article we are publishing is your own work, and does not infringe the rights of anyone else.

Are Open Access Articles peer-reviewed?

Open Access publishing model is different from the traditional one in its methods of distribution and logistics. However, making the content available for free does not mean that all articles are simply published without first being 'filtered' by the review process.

 

Are Open Access journals and books built on the premise that they are "free"?

They are built on the premise of free access. However, this doesn't mean that they are free to produce. The premise of free access means that anyone with Internet access can read, share and download Open Access material. Open Access assumes that research should be accessible to readers without barriers. Therefore, the costs involved in editing, refereeing, producing and distributing a journal are expected to be managed through a business model other than the traditional payment models required to gain access to the content.

 

Is it true that Open Access journals and books have lower impact factors?

There is a difference between impact and Impact Factor. While Impact Factor is a specific measurment with its basis in a specific database, Open Access journals and books can have an impact factor, but also great impact. For example, the number of downloads has become an increasingly important metrics for assessing the impact of scientific work. So far, there have been more than five million downloads from InTech's website.

 

Comments and suggestions for additions to these FAQs are always welcome. Feel free to send them to info@intechopen.com.